Surprise: Google Mobile Search Now Offers App Store
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On Wednesday evening Google publicized that they will now list Apple's App store on their Google Mobile Search via their Google Mobile Blog. Try to search for an app and it would display a link to either the Android Market or the iPhone App Store right at the top. You got to see it yourself to check out the various apps available, as the mobile search is now activated in the U.S.
You won't have to go an extra mile to show up in the mobile search engine, it would automatically let you search results for your desired app. Take an example of the Chinese astrology app "Karma reading” for iPhone. Go to your mobile search engine query "Karma Reading App” and Google will place a special result at the top, which links you directly to the Apple's app store or Android Market. Alongside, the link also displays app ratings and links to various other corresponding applications of the search.
Nice job done by Google! It gets really easy to search an app along with their ratings and charges. Nothing is as good as it seems. There's one mystery to the search engine that is unresolved. It is difficult to search few of the apps, or they simply don't show up on any keyword. If Google is up to displaying selected apps, then what are the selection criteria? This might also be a little bug. May be Google has some explanation about this.
One dimension of the top search result is based on number of reviews. While I searched for a basketball app on the Google Mobile Search, it displayed me "Pro Basketball Scores”, free application for Android, with just 1000 reviews. That is not a top search result, really. Google needs to improve their search engine for the app as Apple's app store is not much good when it's about searching an app.